Shah Rukh Khan the Legend
On 2 November 1965, a legend was born. Though nobody knew about the greatness of the heights he would one day scale.
Born to Lateef Fatima Khan and Mir Taj Mohammed Khan in Delhi, Shah Rukh Khan also known as SRK is one of the most popular film personality that the world knows today. Indian film actor, television personality, producer, Cricket team owner and a businessman are just a few of his professional accomplishments.
Married to his childhood sweetheart Gauri Chibber, both are proud parents to three wonderful children Aryan Khan (18 years), Suhana Khan (16 years), AbRam Khan (4 years). The family lives in a palatial sea facing home, Mannat, in Mumbai.SRK lost both his parents at a very early age. Since then he has shifted his base from Delhi to Mumbai, slowly becoming the nation’s heart throb due to his intense acting skills and deep, expressive eyes which seem to overflow with love.
In his youth, Shah Rukh Khan acted in stage plays and received praise for his imitations of Bollywood actors, of which his favourites were Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Mumtaz. He enrolled at Hansraj College (1985–88) to earn his bachelor’s degree in Economics, but spent much of his time at Delhi’s Theatre Action Group (TAG), where he studied acting under the mentorship of theatre director Barry John. After Hansraj, he began studying for a master’s degree in Mass Communications at Jamia Millia Islamia, but left to pursue his acting career.
SRK began his career with appearances in several television series in the late 1980s. He made his Bollywood debut in 1992 with Deewana. Stepping into roles which was a far cry from the regular mainstream heroic choices early in his career, he was recognised for portraying villainous roles in the films Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993) and Anjaam (1994). He then rose to prominence after starring in a series of romantic films, including Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Mohabbatein (2000) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001). He earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of an alcoholic in Devdas (2002), a NASA scientist in Swades (2004), a hockey coach in Chak De! India (2007) and a man with Asperger syndrome in My Name Is Khan (2010).
His highest-grossing films include the comedies Chennai Express (2013) and Happy New Year (2014). Many of his films display themes of Indian national identity and connections with diaspora communities, or gender, racial, social and religious differences and grievances. For his contributions to film, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, and the Government of France awarded him both the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Légion d’honneur.
Shah Rukh Khan is co-chairman of the motion picture production company Red Chillies Entertainment and its subsidiaries, and is the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders. He is a frequent television presenter and stage show performer. The media often label him as “Brand SRK” because of his many endorsement and entrepreneurship ventures. Khan’s philanthropic endeavours have provided health care and disaster relief, and he was honoured with UNESCO’s Pyramide con Marni award in 2011 for his support of children’s education. He regularly features in listings of the most influential people in Indian culture, and in 2008, Newsweek named him one of their fifty most powerful people in the world.